Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Beychevelle, St Julien 2012

R2,250

A powerful and concentrated wine from one of the stars in St Julien. Rich and elegant, yet approachable with fine tannins

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Bin Ends

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2012

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

92 points

Story

Story

Château Beychevelle is a 4ème Cru Classé St-Julien wine property that boasts one of the most impressive châteaux in the whole of the Médoc.

Its label depicts a beautiful galley with a large sail, as a consequence of its ownership in the 16th century by the Duc d’Eperon, Admiral of France at the time. The expression “Baisse-Vaille”, meaning “lower sails”, later evolved into the name Beychevelle. Today the property is owned by Grands Millésimes de France.

Beychevelle’s 85 hectares of vineyards are located in the far south of the St-Julien appellation, just outside the hamlet of St-Julien-Beychevelle.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend – Cabernet Sauvignon 47%, Merlot 44%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 5%

Winemaking – It is matured in oak barrels (50-60% new) for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

The best examples from the best Beychevelle vintages are powerful and concentrated, with oodles of almost sweet, ultra-ripe Cabernet fruit, and can age effortlessly. It is renowned for its suppleness, smoothness and its rich, and sometimes chocolatey character. Very elegant, fruity wine with notes of sweet spices. Fine, silky tannins.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker – 92+ points

The grand vin, the 2012 Beychevelle, is one of the stars of St.-Julien. Opaque purple, with beautiful crème de cassis notes, the wine has floral underpinnings, sweet tannin and a nice layered, multi-dimensional mouthfeel. This is elegant and powerful, rich and intense, but light on its feet. This is a great Beychevelle and certainly seems to exceed the vintage’s character and expectations. Give it 4-6 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 25-30 years. 30th Apr 2015


James Suckling – 92 Points

8 Feb, 2015 – This shows an outstanding density of fruit with currant, blueberry and raspberry character. Full-bodied, compressed and tight. Fine tannins. Better in 2017.


Tim Atkin – 92 points

The price is sometimes distorted by the appeal of the Chinese dragon on the label, but this fourth growth is rarely less than reliable. The 2012 is made in a classic style, with elegant, leafy fruit, some tobacco spice, refreshing acidity and enough tannin and structure to age. The freshness of the wine is very attractive. Drink: 2020-30. Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2013

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